The Amnesty report, launched Wednesday, mentioned TPLF fighters “deliberately killed dozens of people, gang-raped dozens of women and girls — some as young as 14 — and looted private and public property in two areas of northern Ethiopia’s Amhara region” in late August and early September 2021.
Tigrayan forces took management of these two areas in July 2021, in response to Amnesty.
In the city of Kobo, “Tigrayan fighters deliberately killed unarmed civilians, seemingly in revenge for losses among their ranks at the hands of Amhara militias and armed farmers,” in response to Amnesty, who primarily based their investigation on interviews with 27 witnesses and survivors — 10 of whom marked the date of the bloodbath as September 9, 2021.
Many individuals had been discovered to have “been killed execution-style, shot in the head, chest or back, some with their hands tied behind their backs,” in response to Amnesty’s interviews with Kobo residents.
Amnesty mentioned the TPLF didn’t reply to their request for remark.
Ground images and satellite tv for pc imagery collected and analyzed by Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Lab purportedly present new burial websites on the grounds of two church buildings the place residents mentioned they’d buried the useless within the aftermath of the bloodbath.
The investigation additionally discovered that dozens of girls and women within the Amhara village of Chenna had been raped and brutalized by Tigrayan fighters from July 2021 onwards. The sexual violence was typically carried out within the victims’ houses and generally in entrance of their households, in response to the report.
Seven survivors who Amnesty spoke to had been youthful than 18, and at the very least one was as younger as 14.
“Many of the survivors suffered severe and long-term physical and psychological damage, including 10 who remained hospitalized three months after they were raped. Doctors who provided medical care to rape survivors told Amnesty International that two rape survivors had to be treated for lacerations likely caused by having the bayonets of rifles inserted into their genitals,” the report mentioned.
Amnesty has additionally obtained credible stories of rape by Tigrayan fighters in different areas of Amhara, it mentioned.
The report paperwork mass looting in each Kobo and Chenna the place residents accused Tigrayan fighters of having stolen “possessions from their homes and shops and looted and vandalized public properties, including medical clinics and schools.”
“The looting and damage to medical facilities made it impossible for rape survivors and other residents in need of medical care to obtain treatment locally, forcing them to wait until they could reach hospitals in Debark, Gondar and Bahir Dar weeks later,” the report mentioned.